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HCAD650 - The Business of Healthcare

Course Details

Course Code: HCAD650 Course ID: 5184 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course is designed to introduce students to the business side of healthcare. Topics include the regulatory environment, employment law, managing and marketing healthcare services. The course also looks at organized delivery systems including the labs, pharmacies, materials maintenance, and physician practice administration.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The APUS Master of Science in Healthcare Administration is seeking accreditation through the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). One requirement for being accredited is that “The Program will adopt a set of competencies that align with the mission and types of jobs graduates enter. The Program will use these competencies as the basis of its curriculum, course content, learning objectives and teaching and assessment methods (CAHME Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Criteria Revisions, Section III.A.1). The competencies identify the most important types of knowledge and skills that APU’s Graduate Healthcare Administration students are expected to acquire and develop, and they serve as the basis on which students’ performance is assessed throughout their time in their program of study. Specifically, the combination of competencies and performance assessments based on the competencies seek to answer the question: What are the most important knowledge and skills that students should demonstrate at graduation based on the learning experiences offered during the program. Accordingly, APU’s Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, through the feedback of the programs advisory council and faculty have adopted the American College of Healthcare Executives’ (ACHE’s) Leadership Competencies for Healthcare Services Managers.

The domain and associated competencies that will be utilized for performance assessment in this course are:

  1. Leadership
    1. Leadership Skills & Behavior
  2. Professional & Social Responsibility
    1. Ethical Conduct & Social Consciousness
  3. Health & Healthcare Environment
    1. Health Systems & Organizations
  4. Business
    1. General Management
    2. Laws & Regulations
Course Objectives Competencies & Performance Levels Assessment
Distinguish regulatory constraints and the impact overall to the system as a whole

Health Systems & Organizations (C)

Laws & Regulations (C)

  • Forums
  • Midterm
  • Final
  • Assignment 6
Examine current trends related to healthcare administration

Leadership Skills and Behavior (C)

General Management (C)

Professional & Social Responsibility (C)

  • Forums
  • Midterm
  • Final
  • Assignment 1
  • Assignment 2
Differentiate key components of the healthcare delivery system

Health Systems & Organizations (C)

  • Forums
  • Midterm
  • Final
  • Assignment 5
Assess strategies for creating efficient and effective organized delivery systems.

Health Systems & Organizations (C)

General Management (C)

  • Forums
  • Midterm
  • Final
  • Assignment 3
  • Assignment 7

Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Publication Info:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Transforming Health Care : Virginia Mason Medical Center's Pursuit of the Perfect Patient Experience (Ebook available in the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Productivity Press Lib
Author:Kenney, C. and Virginia Mason Clinic
Book Title:The Well-Managed Healthcare Organization (Ebook available in the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Health Administration Press Lib
Author:John R. Griffith and Kenneth R. White

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.